Vegetable Definition

vĕjtə-bəl, vĕjĭ-tə-
vegetables
noun
vegetables
Broadly, any plant, as distinguished from animal or inorganic matter.
Webster's New World
The edible part of such a plant, as the root (e.g., a carrot), tuber (a potato), seed (a pea), fruit (a tomato), stem (celery), or leaf (lettuce)
Webster's New World
Any herbaceous plant that is eaten whole or in part, raw or cooked.
Webster's New World
A member of the vegetable kingdom, especially a green plant.
American Heritage
A person thought of as like a vegetable, as because of leading a dull, unthinking existence or because of having lost consciousness, the use of the mind, etc.
Webster's New World
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adjective
Vegetable means anything having to do with plants.
An example of vegetable is a soup made primarily with vegetables, “vegetable soup.”
YourDictionary
Of, or having the nature of, plants in general.
The vegetable kingdom.
Webster's New World
Of, having the nature of, made from, consisting of, or produced by edible vegetables.
Webster's New World
Growing or reproducing like a plant.
American Heritage

Other Word Forms of Vegetable

Noun

Singular:
vegetable
Plural:
vegetables

Origin of Vegetable

  • From Middle English living and growing as plants do from Old French from Medieval Latin vegetābilis from Late Latin enlivening from Latin vegetāre to enliven from vegetus lively from vegēre to be lively weg- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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